Velasco, Daniel


Island Landscape: Following in Humboldt's Footsteps through the Acoustic Spaces of the Tropics

Leonardo Music Journal: Vol. 10. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: 21-24.


Language(s): English


Acoustic Ecology Soundscape Studies Interdisciplinary Studies Audio-vision Multimedia Sound Installation


In this article, the author describes his sound-image installation Island Landscape and its inspirations: the flora and fauna of Cuba and the writings of Alexander von Humboldt. Humboldt was a forerunner of the acoustic ecology movement, which endeavours to preserve and record the natural sounds of environments. Through his vividly written descriptions of the sound landscapes of the New World, Humboldt created a lasting work that continues to inspire artists today.